Petroleum storage


To run a business where petrol is stored for dispensing directly into the fuel tank of an internal combustion engine or a container you require a Petroleum Storage Certificate from the Council.


The fee is based according to the quantity of petroleum stored:

Less than 2,500 litres:  £44.00 for each year of certificate
2,500 - 50,000 litres:    £60.00 for each year of certificate
Over 50,000 litres:        £125.00 for each year of certificate

Eligibility Criteria

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 require that anyone operating a petrol filling station should have a Petroleum Storage Certificate issued by their local Petroleum Enforcement Authority. The Certificate can be paid annually, or for a period of up to 10 years in advance. The requirement applies both to retail and non-retail filling stations - those which dispense petrol to the general public, and those which only dispense petrol into their own vehicles or containers.

Application Process

Any application for a Petroleum Storage Certificate must made within a maximum of six months and a minimum of 28 days before the day on which storage of petrol is to be undertaken at the dispensing premises.

Will Tacit Consent Apply? 

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting the application, please contact Customer Services).

Apply for a certificate to store petroleum

There are two ways of applying:

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.  If an application is refused the applicant may appeal to the Secretary of State.